we invite all poets from all countries to be part of the artistic-poetic performance HAIR IN THE WIND that will happen on the 8th of March – International Women Day
It is dedicated to the courage of Iranian women and men in their dramatic struggle that began after the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl beaten to death by morality police because a lock of hair was sticking out of her veil, Iranian women protested by cutting their hair and burning hijabs on the streets. Hair in the Wind wants ideally join them and support their fight, their cry “WOMEN, LIFE, FREEDOM “
The project conceived and curated by Antje Stehn is intended as a continuation of “Rucksack a Global Poetry Patchwork”. The poems will be exhibited together with the sculpture you see below and are an integral part of the work.
All participants are invited to read their poems during the various performances, which are scheduled, for those living far away or abroad the readings will be projected onto a video screen and online events will be organised.
The first date for the performance is March 8, Women’s Day 2023. The performance will be set up in Milan, Italy,in the Theater QUARTA PARETE, ARTEPASSANTE in Porta Vittoria.
On 12.3. there will be a performance in the Piccolo Museo della Poesia, Piacenza, Italy
Furthermore, online events organized in the various countries by the supporting groups are planned, including the USA and India. Morocco, Ireland and international blog publications. In May the installation will be part of two group exhibitions in Milan and Piacenza.
Hair in the Wind
Send by February, 2nd, 2023 to Antje Stehn : email@example.com
1. a short poem on the topic (max 10-15 lines) in your mother language and, if possible, a translation into English or Italian made by a native speaker
2. a short 3-line biography
4. a video made with a mobile phone (horizontally) where you read the poem with clear audio. Creative videos are welcome.
5. Subscribe to the Rucksack Channel on YouTube to get an idea of what the other poets of the Rucksack project have done:
Biologically hair only has the role of “thermal regulator”, on a social level instead they play a function of fundamental importance in body language, they are a symbol of strength and sensuality, and also have the ability to express an infinite number of meanings in the cultural sphere, religious, sociological and anthropological. The history of the veil and the hidden hair is very articulated over the centuries: even in the culture and tradition of the Mediterranean peoples, the head of women has often been hidden by the veil.
The title of the work, “Hair in the wind”, takes us back to a recurring topos in German poetry. It was coined at the beginning of the 19th century by the first German poet, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, in the poem At the Tower, where the author lets her hair down and like a maenad releases it in the wind. An act considered rebellious, unacceptable in its time. This topos was taken up by Ingeborg Bachmann in The Song of an Island and by several other poets.
The project is supported by:
– Quarta Parete, Teatro dell’Artepassante, Milan, Italy
– Piccolo Museo della Poesia, Chiesa di San Cristoforo, Piacenza, Italy
– PoetryismyPassion, Italy
– Licio Poetico de Benidorm“ World Writers‘ Association, Iran-Germany